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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.

But what do you do if you still need health care? Fortunately, Telehealth can help.

How Telehealth works

Telehealth — or telemedicine — is a healthcare solution that allows you to meet with your doctor virtually instead of going to the office. Our 100% HIPAA-compliant system uses a two-way, high definition video, so we can talk face-to-face as if we’re in the same room together.

With Telehealth, you can also:

  • Submit your medication list, allergies, ID cards, and medical history in advance
  • Chat or share photos describing your symptoms
  • Have prescriptions electronically sent to your pharmacy
  • Securely pay online for your virtual visit

This streamlined approach originally evolved to help expand medical care to men, women, and children living in remote areas. Today, 76% of hospitals use Telehealth technology, and US employers could save as much as $6 billion a year by making telemedicine technology available to their employees. But the advantages of Telehealth go far beyond financial savings.

The benefits of telemedicine

Whether you live close to your doctor or in a rural area, you probably know firsthand that even a routine visit involves wait times of 18 minutes or longer — and that doesn’t even include the time you spend getting there. Telehealth technology eliminates that.

By connecting to your doctor in a virtual setting, you can expect to:

  • Miss less time at work
  • Have fewer disruptions with any child or elder care responsibilities
  • Eliminate the time or travel expenses associated with your office visit
  • Receive quality health care faster
  • Reduce subjecting yourself and others to a contagious illness

At the same time, you also reduce your risk of exposure to contagious illnesses, like the common cold, flu, and COVID-19.

Telemedicine is also available to patients of all ages, including children, older adults, and those in vulnerable health. That makes it an ideal healthcare solution for everyone, especially when someone can no longer leave their home safely but still requires medical attention.

What to expect during a Telehealth appointment

Telemedicine technology has never been easier to use, simply:

  • Download our app to your tablet, computer, or phone
  • Request an appointment through our Telehealth portal
  • Fill out the registration forms included in our calendar invite
  • Follow the link in your calendar invite to open your video-chat to start your appointment

You can also upload photos, if needed, to help us diagnose your symptoms.

For more information on telemedicine or to schedule your virtual visit, contact us by calling or requesting your Telehealth appointment online today.

Behind the scenes: shinning a spotlight on Scribes

If you have been a patient here at MOST you may have noticed a person who follows the doctor into your exam room that has a computer. This person is called a Medical Scribe. Their job is to write down important information that the doctor needs for documentation purposes. Scribes allow the doctor to worry less about typing while they are seeing you for your injury, which means their attention is more on you.

Being a Scribe is great experience for any young person who is wanting to get into the medical feild (becoming a doctor, PA, DO, etc.) because it helps them learn medical terminology and get an idea how a doctors office operates.

Our scribes here at MOST are essential in making sure you get the best treatment possible. Next time you see them make sure to say hello! 🙂

Myth vs. Fact: Concussion Recovery Protocol


Years ago, when concussion research was at its infant stage, it was thought that once you sustain a concussion the best recovery protocol would be to sit in a dark room and “shut down” your brain. With more and more research surfacing every day, we know that shutting down is NOT the best treatment.

Find out what the proper protocol is for concussion recovery.

If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion contact us to tailor a unique protocol for safe return to play/work/life!

Phone #: 301-588-7888

Lessons from the first one thousand

I remember when we opened the hospital in 2014. We had a vision of making it the most patient friendly and efficient hospital in Maryland. The hospital has since performed over 15,000 surgical procedures, delivered thousands of babies, and seen more than one million visits to the Emergency room.

Over the course of performing 1000 of those procedures, I have observed first hand the development of one of the strongest teams in healthcare in the state. This was truly a team effort, and we are all prepared for the next 1000!!!

What Are the Best Ways to Strengthen My Bones?

Over 54 million American adults have osteoporosis or low bone density. Weak bones are a significant risk factor for bone fractures that can lead to disability and a severely decreased quality of life.

Up to 90% of your bone density forms before you turn 20. Having healthy diet and exercise habits during childhood is critical to protecting your bone health throughout life. But now that you’re an adult, what can you do to strengthen your bones?

The physicians at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy in Potomac, Maryland, have extensive experience and knowledge about protecting your musculoskeletal system and preventing fractures and other bone problems that may end up needing orthopedic surgery.

Our team recommends taking five steps to improve and protect your bone health.

1. Eat a healthy diet

Your diet should include sufficient calcium and vitamin D.

Calcium is critical to bone health, as well as other body functions, from muscle contraction to your heartbeat. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb and use calcium correctly. Dairy products are a great source of calcium and are often fortified with vitamin D.

2. Maintain a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential to many aspects of your overall health and well-being. In addition to reducing the stress and pressure on your bones, it helps you avoid many diseases, including osteoporosis and arthritis.

Following a nutrient-rich diet with the correct amount of calories your body needs and getting regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy body weight and enhance other aspects of your wellness.

3. Avoid unhealthy habits

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are terrible for your bone health and your overall health. These unhealthy habits introduce carcinogens and toxins into your body that disrupt your ability to generate new cells, which can accelerate bone loss and the onset of osteoporosis.

4. Include weight-bearing exercise

Weight-bearing exercises like walking, dancing, jogging, and resistance training help keep your bones strong. The stress of these activities stimulates calcium deposits and triggers your body’s cell generation process, resulting in stronger, denser bones.

5. Review your risks

Talk to your doctor about your history, lifestyle, and concerns. Some medications, such as steroids, and medical conditions, including hormonal imbalances and irritable bowel syndrome, can increase your risk of bone loss and osteoporosis.

Identifying your risks early allows you to take action to mitigate them and protect your bones.

What if you already have osteoporosis?

If you already have osteoporosis, you should follow the advice above and talk to the team at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy about other treatments to protect your bones.

For example, menopausal women experiencing bone loss may benefit from estrogen replacement therapy to support bone health.

Your physician may prescribe medications to protect your bones or suggest physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and improve your balance, reducing your risk of falling and fracturing a bone.

Call M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy today or make an appointment online if you have concerns about your bone health or want to take action now to enhance your bone health now and in the future.

Understanding the Benefits of the ROSA® Surgical Robot

Robot-assisted surgery isn’t new; medical engineers make advancements in technology all the time. So, with over 754,000 Americans having knee replacement surgery every year, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this common orthopedic surgery relies on the ROSA® surgical robot.

The experienced physicians at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy in Potomac, Maryland, use the ROSA Knee System for partial and total knee replacement surgeries at Holy Cross Hospital Germantown.

If you have chronic knee pain due to arthritis or an old injury, you might be an excellent candidate for a ROSA knee replacement. Let’s explore the benefits.

What is ROSA?

Let’s begin with the basics. ROSA (or Robotic Surgical Assistant) is a surgical robot designed by the experts at Zimmer Biomet.

Its advanced technology manages the planning and measurement needed for an ideal patient outcome. It’s 3D capability allows for precise bone resection and alignment during surgery.

ROSA measures bone and tissue tension in your knee, continuously monitoring them throughout the procedure to ensure increased accuracy and a faster and more efficient surgery.

How is a ROSA knee replacement different?

ROSA is the next step in robot-assisted surgery.

In orthopedics, previous robotic surgery systems also involved planning and measuring for an ideal outcome during joint replacement surgeries. However, much of the actual procedure was performed by hand. You relied on a surgeon who’d “know it when they saw it.”

With ROSA, you’re still under the care of an experienced surgeon. But instead of relying solely on their experience, ROSA provides minute-by-minute data about your knee that increases the accuracy of your knee replacement, leaving as much healthy bone intact as possible.

What are the benefits of ROSA surgery?

The ROSA knee system offers many patient benefits. For example, you won’t need additional pre-operative X-rays, CT scans, or other tests.

ROSA is also highly adaptable and can address the specific needs of each individual patient, including complex surgery or knee replacement revisions.

And because incisions can be smaller and less invasive, your recovery time is quicker.

Is ROSA knee replacement right for you?

Knee replacement isn’t usually a first-line approach to address knee pain. Signs that you might need knee surgery include:

  • Severe knee pain that gets in the way of your daily activities
  • Knee pain that persists while you rest and disrupts your sleep
  • Visible knee deformities
  • Lack of pain relief from other treatments

The team at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy provides comprehensive exams and testing to determine if knee surgery, robotic or not, is right for you.

If your orthopedic surgeon thinks you’re a good candidate for the ROSA Knee System, they discuss your options, answer your questions, and support you in making the best decision for your health and well-being.

Call M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy today or make an appointment online to learn more about the ROSA surgical robot and if it’s the best option for your knee replacement.

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Why Every Athlete Should Have a Sports Medicine Doctor on Their Team

Every year, millions of American children, teenagers, and adults injure themselves while participating in sports. Whether you’re a student-athlete, weekend warrior, or pro, if you injure yourself, you need expert treatment so you can recover and return to your beloved sport safely.

This is often where the experienced physicians and sports medicine experts at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy come into play. They offer expert diagnosis and treatment to athletes of all abilities in and around Potomac, Maryland.

However, sports medicine covers much more than injuries. Check out these reasons to have a sports medicine doctor.

Injury treatment

Yes, we said injuries aren’t the only reason to have a sports medicine expert on your team. However, with millions of athletes suffering injuries, from sprains and dislocations to concussions, injury treatment is a critical sports medicine function.

Our team provides thorough exams and diagnostic testing to identify your injury and evaluate its severity. Common injuries we see include:

  • Knee ligament tears
  • Meniscus and cartilage damage
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinitis

Our team provides personalized treatment to help you recover. Depending on your needs, you might benefit from physical therapy, acupuncture, immobilization, or regenerative medicine. In severe cases, our expert orthopedic surgeons can repair your injury during an operation.

Getting expert treatment is critical to your recovery. If you don’t heal correctly or you try to go back to training and competition too soon, you increase your risk of reinjury.

Injury prevention

While no sport is 100% risk-free, working with a sports medicine expert can help you reduce your risk of injury. Sports injuries are often due to inadequate training methods, structural abnormalities, and musculoskeletal weaknesses.

For example, instability in your ankle can result in an abnormal gait, causing muscular imbalances throughout your body. Those can lead to various injuries, from ankle sprains to lower back problems.

Our team provides thorough evaluations to identify structural issues and areas of weakness. We offer tailored physical therapy programs to address these issues specifically.

As you build strength, flexibility, and stamina, you can target areas of imbalance, instability, and weakness, which reduces your risk of injury.

Enhanced performance

Arguably, the best part of this specifically targeted physical therapy and training is that you get faster, more agile, and stronger. Ultimately, you enhance your performance and develop the skills and strength you need to crush the competition.

Whether or not you have an injury, if you’re an athlete, you can benefit from personalized sports medicine. Call M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy today or make an appointment online to meet with our sports medicine team.

We can help you stay safe and reach, even surpass, your goals.

The Robot’s Time has Come

Use of robotic and computerized tools to enhance the preparation and performance of surgical procedures is not a new phenomenon, and it have taken many forms. In orthopedics, a lot of the technology has been focused on planning, measuring, and aligning the ideal outcome of the surgery, but much of the actual procedure was still done with hand measuring tools, and ultimately relied on an experienced surgeon who could “know it when he sees it”.


Unlike other Robotic platforms, the Rosa System does not require you to get additional pre operative tests or X-rays. It does not require a CT scan for pre operative planning, and is adaptable to many different situations, such as knees performed without use of bone cement, and revision or complex surgery. At Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown, we couple the latest robotic techniques with a comprehensive, proven approach to joint replacement that takes into account your individual needs and preferences. This is couple with the latest techniques in anesthesia, pain management, and rehabilitation. For more information about the ROSA knee replacement pathway, please go to


What type of doctor do I see for my head injury?

If you have an issue with your tooth, it is fairly common knowledge that you should contact your dentist. And if you injure your ankle, you usually want to visit an Orthopedic doctor. But who should you see when you hit your head? Your initial thought may be to see a Neurologist, but you would be surprised to find out that not all Neurologist treat head injuries. Most Neurologist treat issues such as seizures or MS and don’t always specialize in seeing patients who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries; such as concussions.

Here at M.O.S.T we not only treat Orthopedic injuries, we also have a team who specialize in treating concussions. So if you, or someone you know, has sustained a head injury contact us at 301-588-7888 to see how we can be of service.

Outdoor Activities Ramp Back Up

Yay! The weather is starting to get warmer and with the nice weather outdoor activities and sports are starting up again. Which is great! But for those who are dusting off their sports gear be mindful of those injuries that may occur. If you have been sitting on your couch for the past year consider easing back into things.

Instead of sprinting a mile maybe go for a bike ride first to get those knees used to bending. Instead of playing 5 on 5 basketball right away maybe go for a light jog and do some air squats.

Being active is great for your joints but be kind to them! Make sure to remember to stretch! And IF you push it, remember to contact MOST to check out your injuries.

Phone #301-588-7888

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Knee Issues We Can Treat with Arthroscopy

Knee pain is incredibly common. It stems from age-related degeneration, overuse, and injury.

Knee problems cause pain, swelling, stiffness, instability, and weakness. They can get in the way of your mobility. If any of this sounds familiar, then you undoubtedly need medical attention to confirm your diagnosis and provide expert treatment to heal your knee.

Our team of experienced physicians at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy in Potomac, Maryland, can treat and repair a wide range of knee injuries and degenerative conditions using arthroscopy, an innovative surgical technique.

About arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose and repair joint problems. The critical instrument is an arthroscope — a thin, pencil-shaped device with a lighted camera on its tip.

We insert this device into your knee through a small incision. It transmits images from the inside of your joint to a monitor in the treatment room so we can see inside your knee without having to make a large incision.

Smaller incisions mean less trauma during your surgery, a lower risk of infection or other complications, and a significant reduction in the amount of time you need for recovery.

What we treat with arthroscopy

Knee problems we can repair with arthroscopy include:

Meniscus tears

Your meniscus is a rubbery disc of cartilage that cushions your knee where your thighbone meets your shinbone. While resilient, your meniscus can tear as a result of a sports injury caused by a sudden twisting movement.

You can also tear your meniscus when you squat to lift a heavy object. You may hear a popping sound, and your knee starts to swell and become stiff. You might not be able to straighten your knee or put weight on it.

ACL tears

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main ligaments inside your knee. It crosses diagonally through the joint, providing stability while connecting your thighbone and shinbone.

ACL tears are common sports injuries due to the sudden twisting movements athletes make, such as pivoting or landing a jump awkwardly. An ACL tear causes severe and immediate pain and rapid swelling. In addition to pain, your knee feels unstable.

Damaged synovial tissue

Your synovial tissue lines your joints and produces the fluid that keeps your joints lubricated. It can become inflamed from overuse, arthritis, or autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinically referred to as synovitis, this inflammatory condition causes intense pain, swelling, and stiffness. It can cause chronic persistent pain or intermittent flare-ups.

Cartilage damage

Your meniscus isn’t the only cartilage in your knee. Cartilage provides cushioning and reduces friction as the bones in your knee joint move.

Cartilage injuries are often related to wear-and-tear and overuse. In addition to causing pain, cartilage tears can lead to loose tissue in your joint, causing further irritation.

Call M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy today or make an appointment online if you have knee pain that’s interfering with your quality of life.

Rest your brain

This past year has been a rollercoaster ride for most people both mentally and physically. From working at home, to being a part-time teacher, and all the other craziness in between, it should come as no shock that your brain has taken a beating. As we all plan to move forward towards the new normal remember to take a break and rest your brain.

One of the best ways to rest your brain is to look at your diet. “How would looking at my diet help with my mental status?”

You may not realize but your brain needs energy just like your muscles do. And the type of calories you eat determine how your brain functions. If you are eating junk food your brain will most likely feel like your tummy (slow and possibly backed-up).

Learn what kind of diet is best for your brain!

Contact our office @ 301-588-7888

Returning to Sports After Rotator Cuff Surgery

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons in your shoulder that helps to keep your arm in place. Every year around 2 million Americans seek medical treatment for rotator cuff injuries. About 80% of rotator cuff injuries respond to nonsurgical treatment, and the rest require surgery.

Fortunately, advances in medical technology allow us to use minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to surgically repair rotator cuffs, making your recovery quicker and less painful.

Our team of experienced physicians at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy in Potomac, Maryland, offers comprehensive solutions for shoulder pain, including rotator cuff surgery.

We also provide personalized aftercare to help you recover quickly and rebuild your strength, flexibility, and range of motion so you can get back to your sport safely.

What to expect after rotator cuff surgery

Even with minimally invasive surgery, your shoulder, back, and arm will be stiff, tender, and weak. Full recovery can take six months or more, depending on your condition, so be patient.

Listen to your doctor and don’t try to do too much too soon, or you could re-injure yourself.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is an essential part of recovering from rotator cuff surgery. We usually begin PT within the first 24 hours following your operation.

There are several phases of post-surgical shoulder physical therapy. Phase 1 includes passive range-of-motion movements to keep your muscles and connective tissue supple during the early stages of recovery.

As your shoulder heals, we gradually increase the range of motion in your passive PT and introduce some active movements. (Your therapist moves your body during passive exercises, and you move your body during active exercises.)

Over the next few months, we work together to rebuild your flexibility and range of motion. Once you can move your arm independently in all directions, we add resistance training to your PT regimen. We begin with light weights and increase the resistance slowly as you get stronger.

Regenerative medicine

We might also recommend regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell therapy, to complement your physical therapy. Regenerative medicine stimulates your body’s natural ability to heal itself, which can accelerate tissue repair following surgery.

During a regenerative medicine treatment, your provider might harvest a sample of blood or stem cells from your body and create a serum. Then, using fluoroscopy or ultrasound guidance, they inject the PRP or stem cells into your injured tissue.

The injection not only stimulates your body’s healing response, but it also floods your muscles, connective tissue, and bone with the cellular building blocks and nutrients you need to create new cells.

Knowing when it’s safe to return to sports

Everyone recovers from rotator cuff surgery at their own pace. We understand you’re eager to get back to training and competing, but it’s critical you follow your doctor’s advice and not return until they give you the all-clear. If you have questions about your recovery, we can help.

Call M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy today or make an appointment online if you have shoulder pain, need rotator cuff surgery, or are looking for expert rehabilitative care.

Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement

Knees take a day-to-day beating. Not only do they support your body weight, but they also absorb the impact of every step you take.

Even walking on a flat surface, your knees absorb around one-and-a-half times your body weight, and that pressure increases if you’re on an incline, climbing stairs, or running.

This daily stress, combined with a genetic risk of degenerative conditions, or a history of injury, can lead to severe and painful knee problems.

Our team of experienced physicians at M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy in Potomac, Maryland, offers comprehensive treatments for knee pain, including partial and total knee replacements.

While we try nonsurgical therapies first, joint replacement is often necessary. Every year, up to 790,000 knee replacement surgeries take place across the United States.

Here’s what we’d like you to know about partial and total knee replacements.

Signs you may need a knee replacement

Knee pain is common but doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a knee replacement. Many conditions improve with physical therapy, medication, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, or joint injections.

However, if nonsurgical treatments don’t relieve your pain and restore your function, surgery might be in your future.

Signs that you might need a knee replacement include:

  • Knee pain interferes with your mobility and ability to complete regular activities
  • Knee pain disrupts your rest or sleep
  • Chronic inflammation that doesn’t improve with rest or medicine
  • Deformity

Ultimately, you need an exam from an expert orthopedist to determine the best treatment to reduce your knee pain and help you get back to your regular activities.

Partial vs. total knee replacement

Your knee has three compartments: the medial (inside), lateral (outside), and patellofemoral (front of the knee between the kneecap and femur). We determine the best treatment or surgery, depending on the location and severity of the damage in your knee.

The main difference in partial and total knee replacements is evident in their names. Partial knee replacements involve replacing part of your knee, while a total replacement installs prosthetics for all parts of your knee.

By preserving part of the knee’s natural structure, a partial knee replacement is likely to be less traumatic, resulting in less bleeding and faster recovery.

A total knee replacement reduces the likelihood that follow-up surgery is needed to address any problems. This type of procedure, known as a “revision,” can be more complex than the original surgery.

Knee replacement process

While you’re under anesthesia, your surgeon carefully removes the damaged tissue from your knee. Then they smooth the edges of your bone and attach the prosthetic parts. The prosthetics might “press fit” onto your natural bone, or your surgeon may need to cement them in place.

Your surgeon then inserts a spacer between the metal parts of your knee to create a smooth gliding surface so you can walk normally.

Finally, your orthopedic surgeon removes their instruments and closes the incisions in your knee. They might bandage your knee to protect the incisions sites and keep your joint immobile.

Which type of knee replacement is right for you

When you have persistent and disruptive knee pain, you want a treatment that works.

Our team provides comprehensive exams, including X-rays and MRIs, to diagnose the root cause of your pain and identify the best treatment to restore your joint. This exam is the only way to know what type of surgery you need.

Whether you’re living with knee pain or know that you need an orthopedic surgeon to replace one of your knees, call M.O.S.T. Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy today or make an appointment online for a state-of-the-art partial or total knee replacement.

Starting 2021 off right!

Congrats! You made it past 2020! Now it is time to make sure that 2021 is your year. And to do so, you may want to make sure that you are physically and mentally tough to make whatever changes you think you need. Whether it’s getting back into shape after months of sitting on the couch, or picking up a new habit of reading a book every month.

Do you have a plan? If not, you could make an appointment with our Certified Athletic Trainer to make sure that you start your resolutions safely and are able to stay on track to a brand new you!

Call our office to schedule your appointment today @ 301-588-7888.

Am I Too Young for Hip Replacement Surgery?

It used to be that joint replacement surgery was considered a last-resort option for those of a “certain older age,” but not for those who are supposedly in their prime. Well, you can’t tell that to your joints, and the fact is that they can wear down at any age, including in your 30s, 40s, and 50s. Thankfully, new materials and advanced surgical techniques are rising to the challenge of joint replacement in all adult age groups.

At Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy (M.O.S.T.), our team has extensive experience helping patients regain pain-free movement through joint replacement surgery. So, if you’re struggling with painful hips, here’s a look at why joint replacement surgery may be the best solution for regaining your active lifestyle.

The path of least resistance

One of the biggest advances in joint replacement surgery is our ability to take a minimally invasive approach to the surgery. Not so long ago, hip replacement required an open approach in order to provide the surgeon with full visual and manual access to the joint. Thanks to advanced minimally invasive techniques, we only make small muscle-sparing incisions and use patient-matched implants.

What this means for you is that there is far less risk of infection, blood loss, and a much quicker recovery period. In fact, most patients are home sleeping in their own bed on the day of surgery.

On the move

Traditionally, surgeons were cautious about getting you back on your feet after a hip replacement surgery. Thanks to our minimally invasive surgical approach, better implant technology, and our understanding of how the body heals best, we get you up and moving just as quickly as possible.

Evidence shows that starting your physical therapy immediately after your hip replacement surgery can shorten your recovery time and improve your outcome. By letting your body know that you intend to use the joint straight away, it sends in the resources necessary to integrate the new prosthesis more quickly.

Once you get home, we encourage you to keep moving under the guidance of a physical therapist, and many patients are able to walk without an assistive device after just a few days, though it may take three months before you can resume all of your normal activities.

Advanced components

One of the reasons why joint replacement surgery in general was considered questionable when it came to younger patients was the risk of the components wearing out. When this happened, a second surgery was required to replace these parts.

Countering this point, one study presented at an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that a good number of hip replacements in adults younger than 50 are still performing well after 35 years.

Now add these surprising numbers to the fact that we have access to better materials that really go the distance. Although we may not yet have the numbers to bear this out since we can’t fast forward 35 years, we have every reason to believe that these materials will excel in terms of longevity.

You might also consider that even if you get a hip replacement surgery at 40 that requires replacement parts at 80, you’ve gained four decades of pain-free movement.

Ultimately, the determination of whether you’re too old for hip replacement surgery is really up to you. We can do our part by providing you with a full analysis of your hip health and whether a hip replacement can meet your goals.

To get started, contact our office in Potomac, Maryland, to set up a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons.

Stressful Times

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a stressful year for most people. And with stress comes headaches that can sometimes lead to migrains. But before you reach for an over the counter medication or even a presciption medication think about a more natural approach.

Vitamins that help with headaches:

  • Magnesium
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Butterbur
  • CBD

Please make sure to consult with your doctor on exact amount and if it is safe for you before taking. If you have questions regarding diet/nutrition contact our office at 301-588-7888.

Healthy Brain

It is failry common knowledge that if you want a healthy body you should eat healthy and exercise. And while looking and feeling good is important for a long and healthy life, most people tend to skip out on their brain health.

So what should I be taking?

The best natual supplements to take are Magnesium, Vitamin B12, and Fish Oil. Magnesium is a great way to promote health blood vessels which allow oxygen rich blood to circulate throughout the body; including your brain, which relys on oxygen to function. Vitamin B12 is a great supplement which aids in helping memory loss. It is also helpful to boots energy! And Fish Oil are rich in Omega-3 which reduces inflammation, supports vision, and other benefits for a healthy brain.

You should always check with your Primary Care Doctor before taking any over the counter medication. But if you’d like to learn more about brain health call 301-588-7888 and ask away!

Car Accidents & Concussions

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and have felt symptoms of a concussion it’s likely you sustained one. Even if you don’t actually hit your head in the car accident you can still suffer from a concussion. It’s called a cervical concussion. Your brain is inside your head, and your head sits upon your neck which sometimes can get whiplash during a car accident. This whipping motion of your neck forces your head to move in such a way where you actually can effect your brain; even without actually hitting your head.

If you have been in an accident recently and feel symptoms please contact our office at 301-588-7888 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gilbert. We accept PIP and most insurances.

No Sports means no concussions…right?

With COVID-19 still affecting our daily lives one of the biggest hit community are our athetes. And with a lot of schools and leagues deciding not to play most would assume that concussions would go down. However that is false. A large population of concussions that are seen in our office are from every day falls. Whether it be a fall from a ladder or someone tripping on their own shoes. A head injury can occur to anyone at anytime. But don’t worry, here at M.O.S.T we are here to help!

We offer Telemedicine consultations to determine if your head injury needs to be seen in office. And for those who don’t feel comfortable coming in just yet we can do everything from the comfort of your own home.

Schedule a visit today by calling 301-588-7888.

FAQ: Is there a type of Athlete that is at higher risk?

Athletes in general who have weak necks or are timid when going into contact tend to experience the most head injuries. This debate has only recently caught the attention of reserachers and has since been investigated but not proven. The idea is simple, our head is larger and heavier than our necks can handle when an external force is applied. Take the example of a bobble head. The bobble head would have an easier time keeping from moving around if the neck region was larger/stronger. Athletes can work on exercises to increase neck strength in the gym or at physical therapy.

Although this will not ensure you don’t get a concussion, it will help decrease the chance of you obtaining one during activity.

Testimony from a patient

“About two years ago, I told myself I would not get up on my roof again to clean the gutters. Fast forward to early to early May 2020 I had the ladder out to clean the leaves in the gutter over my garage, which is approx 12 feet up. Five minutes later, as I was getting down and transferring my weight from the roof to the ladder, I felt the feet of the ladder begin to fall away. It all happened so fast and before I knew it, I was lying on the driveway with the side of my head bleeding and my wife frantically attempting to get a response out of me. The ambulance was called and I was off to the hospital for a severe head injury. The test results showed a concussion, but due to COVID-19, I was rushed out without much information or instructions for next steps.

After posting the ordeal on social media, Rachel reached out to assist and my experience with her was awesome. She began by telling me her story about why she chose to pursue concussion managment and helping others which was very powerful. This was followed by her qualifications and work experience and I knew I was in great hands. The advice I was given was crucial to my recovery. She educated me on brain health, head trauma recovery, diet, and a veriety of lifestyle changeds that helped in my recovery.

I would HIGHLY recommend her services to anyone who suffers any sort of head injury. She is a great listener, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about helping others.”

Frequently Asked Questions about Concussions (FAQ)

Unfortunately, every person’s brain is different, and there are multiple grades of concussion that rande from mild to severe. If you, or a loved one, experiences a concussion make sure you know the signs and symptoms so that they are able to return to work/play safely.

For athletes the most dangerous cases are when they return to play too soon after an initial concussion and suffer from second impact syndrome (to learn more about SIS stay tuned!).

For non-athletes it is dangerous to return to work before they are ready because it could lead to an increase strain on the brain which could cause long-term symptoms such as headaches and/or difficulty concentraiting.

If you think you have suffered from a concussion either recently or years ago please contact our office at 301-588-7888.

What is a Concussion?

How do you know if you have suffered from a Concussion?

  • Signs and symptoms of a consussion usually occur shortly after you hit your head but not always. Sometimes you will start to experience symptoms 24-48 hours after you hit your head.
  • Key symptoms to look out for are: Headache, dizziness, lightheaded, sensitivity to noise/light, feeling “foggy”, difficulty with memory, difficulty with balance, and difficulty with concentrating.
  • If you are unsure please contact our office at 301-588-7888 to be screened.

M.O.S.Ts Concussion Program

M.O.S.T is excited to offer concussion help to any and all patients who suffer from a head injury. If you experience a head injury and are dealing with symptoms that include, but are not limited to, headaches, difficulty concentrating, or sensitivity to noise our team of experts will evaluate using a number of testing techniques. M.O.S.T and it’s team of healthcare professionals specialize in concussion care and want to make sure that anyone, athlete or not, get individualized attention and care so that they can return to life as quickly and safely as possible.

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